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November 14, 1999 | From Associated Press
Three white men were found guilty Saturday of killing a black sharecropper who was beaten by a mob and dumped off a bridge almost 30 years ago. The jury deliberated about six hours before returning the verdict, convicting all three on the lesser charge of manslaughter. Earlier Saturday, they had reported that they were deadlocked, but the judge urged them to continue deliberating. James "Doc" Caston, 66; his brother, Charles E.
December 1, 1985 | Associated Press
Folks who want to beat their feet in the Mississippi mud will find less of it available than in the past, a new government study shows. Sediment discharged by the mighty river has been reduced by half in the last 35 years, and this may be a factor in receding shorelines in the Mississippi Delta, the U.S. Geological Survey reports. The study said the dramatic drop in sediment carried by the river occurred following construction of several large dams on the Missouri River in the 1950s and 1960s.
June 28, 2009 | Jon Gambrell, Gambrell writes for the Associated Press.
The swampland here still tries to reclaim its past, swallowing up concrete foundations reinforced with steel beams and spitting out its buried dead. The past haunted Dyess Colony's most famous resident, Johnny Cash, his entire life. His older brother was killed here when a workshop blade cut through his body. This is where the Big Muddy came in 5 feet high and rising, where a young Cash let cotton picked off the vine dissolve in his mouth. That past remains visible in Dyess, tucked into the corner of northeast Arkansas among dirt roads carved out of the muddy fields by Depression-era workers.
August 31, 2008 | Kay Mills, Special to The Times
He started out here 60 years ago, singing the blues on a street corner for dimes. Now, less than three blocks from that corner, the legendary B.B. King will soon have his own museum. The B.B. King Museum & Delta Interpretive Center is set to open Sept. 13, three days before his 83rd birthday. The museum honors the man who Rolling Stone magazine says "is universally recognized as the leading exponent of modern blues." It is but one in a surprisingly long list of attractions in the Mississippi Delta -- surprisingly long only if you've never visited the region.
May 24, 1987 | LEON DANIEL, United Press International
"The economy is pathetic," Postmaster Sammie Burchfield said. "Food stamps, welfare and Social Security are all that keep us going." A woman modern enough to insist that she is not a "postmistress," Burchfield still can recall fondly the good old days when, in the Mississippi Delta, cotton was king. "During World War II we had three gins running," she said. "We had a hotel, two drugstores and three doctors." Alligator, near the Mississippi River, 88 miles south of Memphis, Tenn.
February 28, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
A person of interest is being held in the death of an openly gay candidate running for mayor of Clarksdale, Miss., officials said on Thursday. The person being held has not been charged, Will Rooker, a spokesman for the Coahoma County sheriff's office, told the Los Angeles Times by telephone. “We have an ongoing investigation into the death,” he said. The sheriff's office has not classified the death as a homicide, Rooker said. “It's not clear at this time what has happened,” he said.
The day Cleo Dunnings said goodby to her daughter, they both realized a bitter fact of life: The road to success often leads one way--straight out of this Mississippi Delta town. With no job and no strong prospects, Donna Dunnings Sidney moved north, following a route many of her peers have taken, packing their skills, their dreams and part of this town's future.
CAN'T BE SATISFIED The Life and Times of Muddy Waters By Robert Gordon Little, Brown 408 Pages, $25.95 Rolling Stone editor Jann Wenner wrote in the magazine's first issue in 1967 that though its name refers to the old saying "A rolling stone gathers no moss," the magazine's name was inspired by Muddy Waters, who first used it as a song title. It was also from this song title that the Rolling Stones took their name.
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